Igbo socio-cultural group, Ohanaeze Ndigbo has said the South Eastern region is now under the control of IPOB due to neglect by the Nigerian government. In a statement on Sunday by its Secretary-General, Okechukwu Isiguzoro, the group said the region is at risk of being annexed out of the country unless the government ‘alleviates the maltreatment of the South East.
Okechukwu Isiguzoro said that the 100 per cent compliance of the sit-at-home order shows that the Ohanaeze cannot preach the message of ‘One Nigeria’ to the Igbos. Ohaeneze also called on the Federal Government to change policies that will attract international sanctions against Nigeria.
The group statement reads; “Ohanaeze Ndigbo Worldwide is calling on the Federal Government to retreat from policies that will give rise to international sanctions against Nigeria that may strengthen unbelief and skepticism amongst Nigerians towards national unity.
“South Eastern Nigeria has been mistakenly shoved out of the corporate existence of Nigeria, based on the fact that the Federal Government had sidelined one section of the country and perpetually excluded them from all essential ingredients that promote the continuous unity of Nigeria.
“The South Eastern Nigeria’s compliance with the sit-at-home order, approved by Biafra agitators, signaled that the Biafra agitators are now in charge of the South-East, as the zone is at the brink of being annexed out of the country if necessary steps are not taken to alleviate the maltreatment of the south east.
“Igbo leadership had lost control buttons of Ndigbo to IPOB and MASSOB after the full compliance of sit-at-home order. Any continuous persuasion on Igbos to be part of United Nigeria under the current neglect is a risk and herculean task for any Igbo leader or politician based on the evidence of the structural imbalance, threats of violence, unlawful killings, harsh government’s policies, and killer bandits.
“If the Federal government pretends to turn a blind eye to the looming dangers before the leaders or continue to believe in the fake news from their Igbo allies in the All Progressives Congress (APC), there is the possibility that the masses will sort things themselves without adherence to the directives of constituted authorities in the nearest future, which may spell doom for the nation if the Federal Government refuses to act urgently and renegotiate with South-East over marginalization of the zone.
“Federal government should as a matter of urgency, relocate all federal appointees and APC leaders of South Eastern Nigeria, especially those that are residing in Abuja to come back home immediately to help solve the crisis in the region or be disengaged from the position they are occupying. Igbos want fair treatment as Nigerians and sincerely the Federal Government should do more,” the group stated.
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